Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else
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Somewhere Else

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Somewhere Else is the forlorn twilight of the next day, when that creeping nostalgia has you looking back for someone, something, or just... anything. Loveless travels into some parallel-universe, roots-born Exile In Guyville territory.

Full Description

Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indestructible Machine, Lydia Loveless emerges from the trenches of hometown Columbus, OH with the gloves off and brimming with confidence on Somewhere Else. Writing from this new-found place of conviction, Lydia crafted 10 songs that are stark in their honesty, self-examination,and openness. Somewhere Else is more elemental than any of Loveless’s previous material; it’s about longing for the other, whether that’s something emotional, physical, or mental, all anchored by her arresting voice that sounds beyond her years.

On their fourth overall release, Loveless and Co. (Ben Lamb on bass, Todd May on guitar and vocals, and new drummer Nick German) have coalesced into a band with a broad rock ‘n’ roll range, after a couple years spent performing everywhere from rowdy festivals to pin-drop quiet dinner sets. Without ditching the ribald, spit-in-your-eye attitude of her previous recordings, Loveless travels into some parallel-universe, roots-born Exile In Guyville territory. These are songs that find her asserting stylistic choices, while baring themes of insatiable desire, unrequited emotion, and mistake making on life’s crooked, fucked-up path. The barely insinuating “Head” moves with strutting tambourine and a double-coated guitar sound that’s simultaneously crunchy and wide and echoey like a F-14 Tomcat in its hanger; sonically referencing both The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and the sharp-edged jangle of Lower East Side NYC punk. As she builds to the chorus harmonies, Loveless’s voice quivers from overwhelming power and knee-buckling resentment: “’Cause I know the sooner I go to sleep the sooner I can dream/Well maybe if I get lucky tonight, you’ll be there waitin’, ready for me, anything.”

“Really Want To See You Again” and “To Love Somebody” are built around bottled-up manic energy and brawny, 5 o’clock shadow hooks that renovate The Replacements’ greasy denim charm and The Pretenders’ punk-meets-shimmering pop rock. The rhythm section dials it in on sultry Heartland rock ‘n’ roll in “Wine Lips” while Loveless and May match voices for some age-old Music Row harmonies of heartache: “That’s all I really wanna do/ Is be somewhere that’s just me and you.” By song’s finish, the pain is so real that you’re reaching for the phone to call either your significant other or a former lover (or both, we won’t judge).

On Somewhere Else Loveless is less concerned with chasing approval – she scrapped an entire album’s worth of material before writing this set – and more focused on fighting personal battles of longing and heartbreak, and the aesthetic that comes along with them. 

Short Description
  • A record that turns archetypes inside out to examine the flawed human mentality behind the songs...thoughtful and powerful looks at life’s most essential interactions. 

    — Aquarium Drunkard
  • I’m tempted to drop the country label from Loveless altogether in the wake of Somewhere Else — with its barroom guitars turned up as loud as Loveless’s powerhouse vocals, Somewhere Else is an excellent rock and roll record, pure and simple.

    — Grantland
  • Somewhere Else is a record that affirms her major step forward last time was no example of a singer-songwriter in full control of her craft and a rock ’n’ roll band at the peak of its powers.

    — Stereogum
  • Somewhere Else is characteristically direct, evolving from country-punk rebellion toward, well, no-bullshit rock'n'roll.

    — SPIN
  • Suffice it to say that with this album, Loveless has created her masterpiece.

    — Under the Radar
  • Loveless has carved out an unmistakable voice as a songwriter, and she's only getting better at using it to blur the line between running her mouth and pouring out her heart.

    — Stereogum
  • It is an album that takes everything popular in mainstream bro-country, turns it on its head and reveals the underbelly for what it is-people grappling with middle age and grasping desperately for anything to keep them going.

    — Roughstock
  • Plenty of songs here stand alone, invoking no one but Loveless.

    — NPR
  • Like so many young creatives mining the nooks and crannies of American roots music, it's easy to categorize it as "alt-country" in the sense that it looks to the past as much as the present to craft a sound of the future, but Loveless' emotional honesty and lithe genre-melding are indeed singular.

    — SPIN
  • Sounds Like: Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar while cowboys and punks brawl out back……her breakout album Somewhere Else is an aching, lusty set of twang and sneer wrapped in electric guitar swagger.

    — Rolling Stone
  • Somewhere Else [is] both a bracing and a deeply harrowing listen.

    — Pitchfork
  • The narratives -- conflating desire and love, rage and need, tears and guns – reflect a complexity that gives these songs staying power.

    — Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

Track List

  1. Really Wanna See You
  2. Wine Lips
  3. Chris Isaac
  4. To Love Somebody
  5. Hurts So Bad
  6. Head
  7. Verlaine Shot Rimbaud
  8. Somewhere Else
  9. Everything's Gone
  10. They Don't Know


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